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NEET, NEXT to be applicable to AIIMS, JIPMER, SCTIMST under new NMC Bill

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NEET, NEXT to be applicable to AIIMS, JIPMER, SCTIMST under new NMC Bill

New Delhi: Uniformity is going to take place in medical entrance mechanisms with National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) as well as National Exit Test (NEXT), which soon replace NEET PG being made applicable to all the Institutes with National Importance (INI) including AIIMS, PGIMER, JIPMER and SCTIMST.

The MBBS admissions via NEET and common counselling conducted by NTA and Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) respectively, are done at all the medical colleges except those institutes who have been accorded national importance status including All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry (JIPMER) and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram (SCTIMST).

These INI conduct their own entrance tests for candidates seeking medical admission to their institutes. However, as per the recent amendments to the impending NMC Bill -NEET, NEXT and common counselling shall also be applicable to these premier medical institutions in order to have common standards in the country.

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Medical Dialogues has recently reported that the NEXT has replaced the NEET PG as the common entrance to PG medical courses across the country.

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These major changes in the medical education system are the features of the newly cleared National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019. The bill is soon going to be introduced in the parliament for approval

Salient Features of the NMC Bill 2019

  • The common final year MBBS exam, to be known as the National Exit Test, would serve as licentiate exam, as screening test for foreign medical graduates and for admission to PG medical courses.
  • The Commission will also regulate fee and all other charges for 50 percent seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities.
  • Medical Assessment and Rating Board (MARB) will conduct an assessment to the medical college and develop a system of ranking of medical colleges which would enable the students to choose the medical college wisely.
  • These measures through an autonomous commission will ensure a transparent admission process and also reduce admission fee, as we have long been talking about fee regulation in private colleges.

Read Also: Common Exit Exam for All MBBS Medicos, whether from AIIMS or FMGE candidate: Cabinet Clears NMC Bill


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    PREMANATH KOTUR July 21, 2019, 5:50 pm

    Current Curricular Reforms in Undergraduate Medical Education in India
    …. Who will blow the whistle?
    What is happening presently in medical colleges coming under the ambit of MCI? 1
    Medical Council of India (MCI) has planned to roll out the new Competency Based
    Undergraduate Curriculum with effect from this academic year starting from Aug 2019, a much
    needed major educational reform , after independence and after a long gap of nearly 22 years.
    The MCI initiative must be applauded with no second thought, as it is aimed to meet the present
    day need of producing an Indian Medical Graduate, satisfying the Global standards. Further, it
    can be claimed to be the biggest educational reform, no other country on the globe has ever
    ventured into. Today, over 491 medical colleges spread across the country, are functioning
    under the MCI. MCI, though is tainted with corruption and has been suspended presently, the
    present Board of Governors, superseding the MCI, are going ahead with the plan of
    implementation of ‘Competency Based Curriculum’ envisioned by the MCI, almost a decade
    back. Adequate, preparatory ground work across the country, is already in place; each and every
    medical college in the country, has a functioning ‘Medical Education Unit’ as per the mandate
    of MCI. There are 20 Nodal /Regional centers spread across the country with well trained human
    resource offering ‘Faculty Development Programs’ for the teachers working in various medical
    colleges in India. Till now, more than 37000 medical teachers, across the country, have been
    trained in modern educational methodology and teaching technology. Curriculum
    Implementation Support Programs(CISPs) have already commenced in all the nodal/regional
    centers, so that the new Competency Based Undergraduate Medical Curriculum comes into
    force, wef. August 2019.

    What is happening in AIIMS institutions? 2
    All-India Institute of Medical Sciences , New Delhi, was established in 1956 as an institution of
    national importance by an Act of Parliament with the objective of developing patterns of
    teaching in Undergraduate and Post-graduate Medical Education in all its branches, so as to
    demonstrate a high standard of Medical Education in India; to bring together in one place
    educational facilities of the highest order for the training of personnel in all important branches
    of health activity; and to attain self-sufficiency in Post-graduate Medical Education. By virtue of
    the Act, the Institute grants its own medical degrees and other academic distinctions. The degrees
    granted by the Institute under the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Act are recognized
    medical qualifications for the purpose of the Indian Medical Council Act and, notwithstanding
    anything contained therein, are deemed to be included in the First Schedule of that Act, entitling
    the holders to the same privileges as those attached to the equivalent awards from the recognized
    Universities of India. AIIMS was entrusted with the responsibility of mentoring the other
    medical colleges in the country. AIIMS operates autonomously under the Ministry of Health and
    Family Welfare , Govt. of India, outside the ambit of the regulatory authority for medical
    education in the country, viz Medical Council of India. The intention to grant this kind of unique
    autonomy was that, this center would set the pace for medical education and research, not only
    in India, but also in Southeast Asia, which would concentrate on meeting the need for highly
    qualified manpower to look after the region’s expanding health care activities. That’s why even
    now, every year some MBBS seats are reserved for admitting overseas students.

    The Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) 3  was announced in 2003 with
    objectives of correcting regional imbalances in the availability of affordable/ reliable tertiary
    healthcare services and also to augment facilities for quality medical education in the country. As
    regards the 2 nd objective of augmenting quality of Medical Education in the country, the
    Government’s action in the recent years is questionable and in my opinion the Government has
    erred by opening hastily without any preparation, so many AIIMS institutions in such a short
    period of time. As of now, AIIMS institutions are offering admission to 807 seats which are
    available across nine functional AIIMS institutions, that include – New Delhi, Rishikesh,
    Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur, Guntur, and Nagpur. With an exception of
    AIIMS NewDelhi , in no other new AIIMS institution, adequate facilities for educating the so
    called elite Indian Medical graduate are available presently. To add to further confusion, the
    Government has approved 11 more AIIMS in June 2018 which will be established in other cities,
    the policy to have at least one AIIMS institution, in each state. AIIMS Guntur and Nagpur began
    admission to its MBBS program, but their hospitals are not functional and are being run in
    temporary campus. Again, in August 2018, hospital(only OPD) of AIIMS Raebareli has been
    commissioned and we don’t know they may start admitting the students prematurely.
    Due to non availability of experienced faculty (from AIIMS like institutions) for recruitment for
    these newer institutions, teachers from any other medical colleges across the country, have been
    recruited for these new institutions. Without an explicit Undergraduate Medical Curriculum (
    including the proper implementation plan, human resource, and also the clinical material, 2-3
    batches of ‘Indian Medical Graduates’ have already, come out from some of these newer
    institutions. Unofficial sources quote that medical graduates have been released in to the
    community who have not even witnessed (forget about conducting) one single normal delivery
    during the course of their training. Who is to be blamed for such a pathetic situation? Thank
    God, fortunately the students who got admitted in these institutions are the best in the country!
    They may have studied the subjects themselves. Due to scarcity of teachers and also to tide over
    the crisis, the faculty members from any other medical colleges ( who were following
    Traditional UG curriculum ) have been recruited, who, now do not have access to the Training of
    Trainer Programs (RBCW- AETCOM ) offered by MCI because they are not now under the
    ambit of MCI. If we look at the existing curriculum now being followed at AIIMS NewDelhi, it
    is a ten years old curriculum (last revision 2009). Probably the busy teachers working over there
    (busy in research and ultra modern, sophisticated clinical practice) may not have had time to
    think of any educational reform for their students and continue teach the professionals for
    tomorrow, using yesterday’s curriculum. I don’t think AIIMS New Delhi has the machinery to
    train the heterogeneous group of large number of medical teachers from all the functioning
    AIIMS institutions spread across the country, which have already started admitting students.
    Indian’s doctors are highly reputed and are well accepted and respected across the globe But a
    couple of recent reports have cast serious doubts on the quality and ethics of the country's vast
    medical schooling system. World is observing  the Indian system.
    New batch of MBBS students will get admitted both in all medical colleges of MCI and also in
    AIIMS institutions. The students in MCI medical colleges will start studying under new
    competency based curriculum and the students in AIIMS will follow the old traditional
    curriculum. What a paradox? Who is responsible for such an injustice? Are the students who are
    going to be admitted to these elite AIIMS institutions aware of what they will be getting over
    there? Who will blow the whistle for these innocent students?
    Can the Health & FW ministry, who is directly controlling these AIIMS institutions, think of
    taking help of MCI to train the faculty over there? Many of the medical institutions in the
    country, including private institutions have been walking extra miles and are competing with
    AIIMS or other premiere institutions in the country in all India ranking and have the capabilities
    of helping these newer institutions in every aspect. The government must address this issue on
    war foot basis lest the very objective of correcting regional imbalances by establishment of
    AIIMS like institutions as per as per the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY,
    shall be defeated, apart from producing low quality doctor professionals.
    3. Dr P F Kotur . MD(Anaesth), PhD(Med Edn)

    References:

    1. https://www.mciindia.org/
    2. 2.
    https://www.aiims.edu/
    4. pmssy-mohfw.nic.in/
    5. http://www.washington post.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/04/21

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